Pakistan Rejects India’s SC Verdict on Article 370, Calls for UN Intervention

Pakistan has strongly rejected the verdict of the Indian Supreme Court that upheld the abrogation of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution, which granted special status to the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).

Foreign Minister Jalil Abbas Jillani addressed the media on Tuesday and said that the verdict has “no legal value” and is “against the will of the Kashmiri people”. He said that the verdict is a “violation of the UN Security Council resolutions” that call for a plebiscite in the disputed region to determine its final status.

Jillani said that Pakistan will continue to support the Kashmiri people’s right to self-determination and their struggle against the Indian occupation. He said that Pakistan will raise the issue at all international forums, including the UN General Assembly and the Human Rights Council. He also urged the international community to intervene and stop the human rights violations and atrocities committed by the Indian forces in IIOJK.

The foreign minister said that the abrogation of Article 370 in August 2019 was a “unilateral and illegal” move by the Modi government to change the demographic and political status of IIOJK. He said that the move was accompanied by a “brutal lockdown and communication blackout” that lasted for months and affected the lives and livelihoods of millions of Kashmiris. He said that the move also triggered a “new wave of resistance and protests” in the region, which were met with “excessive force and repression” by the Indian authorities.

Jillani said that the Indian Supreme Court’s verdict is a “rubber stamp” on the Modi government’s “fascist and extremist” agenda. He said that the verdict is a “mockery of justice and democracy” and exposes the “bias and prejudice” of the Indian judiciary. He said that the verdict is a “slap on the face” of the Kashmiri people who have been denied their basic rights and freedoms for decades.

The foreign minister said that Pakistan will not accept any change in the status of IIOJK and will continue to oppose any attempt by India to alter the disputed nature of the region. He said that Pakistan will not engage in any dialogue or normalization with India until it reverses its illegal actions and restores the pre-August 5, 2019 status of IIOJK. He said that Pakistan will also not allow India to use the verdict as a pretext to justify its aggression and provocation along the Line of Control (LoC) and the Working Boundary.

Jillani said that Pakistan reaffirms its solidarity and commitment to the Kashmiri people and their legitimate aspirations for freedom and dignity. He said that Pakistan will stand by the Kashmiri people until they achieve their inalienable right to self-determination in accordance with the UN resolutions and their own wishes.

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